Jul 7, 2017
It started with a handful of women who called out Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck for what they call inappropriate behavior, making unwarranted advances towards women who approached him for funding. He and his business partners at Binary Capital have offered to resign. Then 500 Startups co-founder Dave McClure was called out for alleged inappropriate behavior. And in a public apology, said he is a self-proclaimed "creep'. This has caused a long overdue stir in Silicon Valley. But this shake-up is far from over. I’m just waiting for the next shoe to drop as female entrepreneurs, who've long joked about going in for a check and out with an unwanted date, get up the courage to come forward. And taking it to the next level, other women may come forward shedding light on investors who simply wouldn’t invest in women because they were in 'child bearing years'. Beyond that, even men may start coming forward and express an abuse of power by the venture capital community as well, showing that the bad behavior in the rich and powerful investing market actually doesn’t doesn’t discriminate. It may be worse for women, but the abuse of power also transcends across the board. It's not to say that all VC's are acting in inappropriate ways. They're not. And I would hate for the venture capitalists and angel investors I work with, who are amazing, respectful, have diverse portfolios, and are incredibly supportive off all people no matter, race, gender, or sexuality, to get looped into the group of bad seeds. They should be celebrated. And in this show we have a great group of powerful women who are choosing to focus on those men AND women in Silicon Valley that support great innovation by ALL. They have great solutions to eliminate the "Creeps" in Silicon Valley and to create a more comfortable, safe, and equal working environment. If you have other suggestions, please share with any one of us personally, join us on Twitter using #GirlsInTech or #StandTogether, or in the comment section as well. Let's keep this conversation going.